Surprisingly, not a lot, but here are some thoughts;
It's heavy, so you know you are wearing a watch. A strange yet pleasant feeling for those of us that left watches back in the 90’s.
The exercise app is positioned as second only to the time (time being handy on a watch), its novel and somewhat useful app and I haven't had a sports watch. It told me my resting heart beat is 55 BPM which started a talking point on how accurate the monitor could be. VERY is the response.
There is a show off factor but when asked to impress it was 50/50 if it was going to perform.
It can tell the time, you can change the colour of the catch with the wheel, or you can choose a Mickey Mouse watch face.
Did I mention the plug is cool?
I’m struggling a bit here...
It’s a big and chunky piece of equipment and I became increasingly conscious of wearing it rather than less. I had what people referred to as a ‘cheap’ white strap, 'that’s £479 (AU$799) mate' was my response. The metal strap version starts at £559 (AU$949). But the gold one sported by Prince Andrew is £12k, or you can get the $25K one they made for Karl Lagerfeld. I do however recommend you watch the construction videos on the iPhone app to see how it’s constructed and where the cash goes. Crafted from a refined 316L stainless steel that’s been 'cold' forged, making it up to 80 percent harder. That's 80 percent harder that stuff that was already pretty hard…wow.
Tethering to the iPhone means that the watch is pretty useless when the iPhone (not the Apple Watch) runs out of battery which happened often, or was simply out of range. Yes, it tells the time but that’s about it. It also drains your iPhone battery I reckon as it seemed to die more often. However, I have read some users have found a notable improvement in iPhone battery life with the addition of an Apple Watch. This suggests the act of offloading notifications and quick interactions to your Apple Watch makes your iPhone battery last longer.
The wheel at the side is difficult to master, zooming in on a postage size map emphasises how small the screen is rather that makes the map easier to read. But in defence I guess when you have hundreds of apps loaded it may come into its own. Siri was difficult to call up on a number of occasions and sometimes sent you to the iPhone for a better search.From a UX perspective, it was not intuitive (for me at least) to use. I swiped left to right, top to bottom even corner to corner sometimes. It was just hard to work out.
Taking a phone call is possible but it is not the best experience I have had with apple. The speaker is tinny, so as a result you tend to shout to compensate, and everyone listens mumbling “knob” to themselves.
Apps are limited at the moment to iPhone apps that offer an Apple Watch cut down version. That killer App is still elusive.
Maps, and apps (the few I found) are too small. The screen is designed for limited messages. The BBC have understood this and send you to read more on your iPhone. Therefore making the idea of a casual read on your Apple Watch hard.
So in summary, first impressions were good, but the novelty was short lived and the frustration that it didn’t do a lot started to grate. There were some, but infrequent moments when you said 'now that’s nice', BUT as someone pointed out if you like it just for the sporting aps, get a watch designed just for that for half the price. There is no getting away from the screen size and what you can and can't fit on that, but then again what do I know, I predicted that nobody would ever watch a football game on their mobile.
In short it's a nice expensive convenience gadget.... which is enough for many.